Regent’s alumna awarded MBE for services to charity

Rebecca Masri has been made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her services to charity and is one of the youngest people in the country to be included in this year’s birthday honours list.

Rebecca graduated from Regent’s University London in 2003 and subsequently joined the New Markets team at Goldman Sachs. Rebecca became a successful entrepreneur when she left the city to set up the luxury travel discount business, Little Emperors, which she now runs with her sister Charlotte who is also a Regent’s alumna. Little Emperors is a private Members Club, tailored for people with a propensity for luxury and travel, granting access to significant discounted rates and extras at leading hotels across the globe and discounts spas and retailers.

Rebecca reveals the impact her award has had on her.

"When I received the letter from the cabinet office informing me the queen would be honouring me I was completely overwhelmed. It was entirely unexpected. I was told to keep it a secret until it was published 6 weeks later which was really hard particularly for my mother!"

"My family are Iraqi Jews and we have strong ties with Israel. I set up Tree of Life to umbrella over charities chosen for each event with a focus on either children or medical research. Working in the luxury travel industry has provided me with a great platform to request auction lots and the hotels we work with have always been so generous. I hope this recognition will inspire people to volunteer their time to raise monies and awareness for such worthy causes."

"The work I do would not be possible without my ever supporting family, phenomenal friends and committee and of course the donors for which I am utterly grateful and truly blessed."

Rebecca has hosted charity events from the age of 13 when she arranged her first fundraiser at St Paul's Girls School for St Mary's Hospital who played a part in saving the life of a family member. She has since organised along with a committee of friends and siblings, several large fundraisers and dinners for multiple worthy causes, including being part of the Olympic Legacy committee.